I saw Ford v. Ferrari movie last night with John H Horsman, a friend of mine, who was Chief Engineer for JWAE.  JWAE successfully campaigned the GT-40s at LeMans in 1968 and 1969, after Ford retired from the LeMans program.

John H, his wife Janet and my wife and I went out and saw the film. 

When we went to the theatre, I cautioned John that no outbursts of laughter during the film would be tolerated! 

It was quite an enjoyable, and exciting film.  John, being associated with the GT-40 program as he was, said that he was impressed, and that it was a much better film than he was expecting.  He gave it 1 ½ thumbs up (our of two)!  I think that is pretty high praise.

He definitely stated that there was quite a bit of "Hollywood" in it, and he disagreed with the on-screen portrayal of Ken Miles - who (John stated) was completely dedicated to the Carrol Shelby programs, and wasn't (as portrayed in the film) in an on-again / off-again relationship with the Shelby.  He also stated that Ken Miles was refined, well-bred, and articulate, and Ken was not the erratic character as portrayed in the film.

He also said that the actor who portrayed Phil Remington didn't look anything like him!

He also stated:

  • In real LeMans racing (and even the test driving) there is a lot less tire squealing than there was in the film.  Burnouts just take life off the critical tires.
  • The LeMans pit area was well done, and just like it was back in "his day".
  • In real LeMans racing, the drivers don't typically drive beside each other for extended periods, giving each other evil and contentious looks.
  • In real LeMans racing, the drivers, whenever they get to some exciting point in the race, don't always jam down the throttle, and shift (either up or down) as they showed throughout the film.
  • In real LeMans racing, you generally do not see red-hot brakes glowing when driving in rainy conditions.

 

Anyway, it was great fun, and a great film. 

Here's a few pictures of the event, and some backup material.

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rocky posted:

I saw Ford v. Ferrari movie last night with John H Horsman, a friend of mine, who was Chief Engineer for JWAE.  JWAE successfully campaigned the GT-40s at LeMans in 1968 and 1969, after Ford retired from the LeMans program.

John H, his wife Janet and my wife and I went out and saw the film. 

How cool is that? To actually have someone watch it with you who was a part of the story!!!

 

 

 

Leo_Beebe_Excerptperryh posted:

What about Beebe?

Seems impossible that he could have been even 2% of that much of a jerk.

The following is an excerpt from John Wyer's book.  I am sure John Wyer "moderated" his comments for posterity.  The guy (Leo) sounds like he was a first-class ---- to me!

 

 

 

 

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I saw the film as well and really enjoyed it.  I think it resonates with most auto fans and more so with ones that know more of the story.  Yes Hollywood changes a things, but overall I would say it follows the real story much closer than a lot of other stories that are listed as "Based on" or "Inspired by true events."  My 10 year old son also enjoyed it which I think shows it will hold peoples attention if a 10 year old can sit through a movie that is over 2hrs long.

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